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Do your bit for Queen’s big day by helping to clean up the Grantham area

The Queen, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday in April, during a walk-about. 'Photo: Adam Fairbrother
The Queen, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday in April, during a walk-about. 'Photo: Adam Fairbrother

Community groups across the area are calling on people to Clean for the Queen as part of a nationwide litter pick taking place next weekend.

The Clean for the Queen campaign has been launched by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy in a bid to tidy up in time for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

The first national anti-litter campaign was held in 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation, so it is apt this event should be held.

It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend from Friday next week to Sunday.

In Grantham, the main clean-up is being led by South Kesteven District Council and everyone is invited to take part. It will take place 2pm-4pm on Friday, March 4. Litter-pickers will gather on the green in St Peter’s Hill, where equipment will be provided. Anyone wishing to get on board should email pr@southkesteven.gov.uk to help the council gauge the number taking part.

Meanwhile, the pedestrian tunnel linking Huntingtower Road with the train station will be closed between 10am and 1pm the same day while litter and graffiti are cleared from the area. Volunteers from Network Rail, SKDC and Virgin Trains East Coast will be working hard to remove rubbish and paint.

Events will also take place across the area’s villages. Rippingale, Long Clawson and the Stoke Rochford/Easton parish is among them, all running their own clean-ups on Saturday, March 5.

In Rippingale, volunteers will gather at the village hall for the event, which will include a ‘Big British Breakfast’ cooked by members of the WI. It will run 9am to noon.

Organiser Michèle Joint said: “We are encouraging the wider community to come and help clean up the village in preparation for a street party being held in June to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.”

In Long Clawson, the WI is behind its Clean for the Queen event, taking place 9am-4pm. Villagers are asked to join together at the village hall.

Organiser Elaine Bedford said: “We would like to draw the attention of all ages to the need for tidiness in the countryside, and hope to recruit some young helpers as well as WI members and spouses.”

Litter-picking in the parish of Stoke Rochford and Easton will begin from the car park of Stoke Rochford Village Hall. The clean-up will run from 10am to 1pm.

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